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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
It’s not often that a great summer swell coincides with a full moon, but when they collide, nature affords us a rare opportunity to paddle out long after everyone has called it a day. These moments are a solitary pursuit with empty lineups, but those who carve graceful lines under a full moon understand how things can be dark lonely and rewarding at the same time. So next time you paddle in from an overcrowded beach break, remember that nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a session. We suggest a glass of this smooth roasty black lager for contemplating empty lineups and waves that go on for days. Most likely, you’ll long for epic summer swells under moon lit sessions opening the doors to isolation and empty secret spots of an age trying to pass us by.
Note: Formerly Midnight Sessions Lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Bottle shared by mmtmatrix. Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights and a thin beige head that diminished to a ring. Aroma of smoky dark malts with light chocolate and some roasted coffee. Moderately sweet entry with some smoked malt leads into a finish with more light smoke and some fruity undertones. Smooth, solid mouthfeel. Thanks for sharing Malcolm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle. Deep black in color with a off white head. Chocolatety roasty malty aroma. Molasses caramel and vanilla notes. Chocolatety malty caramel toffee flavor. Full bodied. Roasty light bitter finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours dark brown/black, with a small, light beige head. Smells of some nice roasty malts, hints of subtle coffee, dark fruit, and yeast. The flavor is lightly sweet, with the roast and dark fruit balancing each other out admirably. A decent bitterness lingers on the palate in the finish, and even leaves behind traces of tartness. The finish is pretty roasty overall though, with a fruity residue left on the lips. Very nicely done schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2008
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with hellbilly. Pours dark brown, not quite black, with a moderate tan head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and just a touch of chocolate. The flavor is more intense than the aroma with roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. Quite smooth at the finish with very mild bitterness. Medium bodied. Very sessionable - if this was available in my area, it would be one of my "go to" beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Dark brown, nearly black with ruby edges. Quickly diminishing foam. Smells like a Schwarzbier should with notes dried chocolate, cocoa and dried coffee grounds. Flavor is well balanced, with schwarzbier dryness and notes of dried chocolate and fruit. Let’s not get carried away here. It’s a well made beer. I think Kidd Lager is better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Dark clear blackish pour with a small but creamy brown head. I was actually surprised at how dark this was. Tons of dark roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Lots of dark caramel malt and coffee in the flavor as well, with just a touch of hop bite on the finish. Very good, but not quite great. I would definately enjoy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black with very little brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor was very roasted for the style; with more coffee than expected. Mild hopping. A light chalky presence. Would have liked some more chocolate and/or sweetness. Was expecting something spectactular, this was just pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5784) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Very peaty and roasted malt aroma. Dark brown with creamy gooey head and lace. Very roasty flavor with a lot of almost burnt coffee flavor. Just a tad foamy but palate is full and rich. A very nice beer in a style that I like alot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2586) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Black pour, rich tan head that coats and lasts. Aroma is lightly roasted, moderate bitter chocolate, some caramel, light hops. Medium bodied, very drinkable, lightly sweet. Nice but Sprecher is still my favorite schwarz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5499) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Pours black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention leaves no lacing as it recedes to skim surface. Dusty cocoa aromas. Smoked sweet malts with a lasting bittersweet finish.

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